I recently participated in Randy Credico’s excellent programme ‘Live on the Fly – Julian Assange Countdown to Freedom’. You can watch the programme below:
at 48 minutes 40 seconds I make reference to the BBC’s presence covering events outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. In particular I make reference to the BBC requesting from residents of no 18 Hans Crescent to allow them to place surveillance cameras onto their building. Here is the document I refer to.
This letter was distributed today to all residents at number 18 Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, London allegedly from the #BBCNews requesting permission to place camera’s on the residents’ flats to monitor Julian #Assange opposite. CC @julianassange @wikileaks pic.twitter.com/2ZQk2uMbjC
— Emmy Butlin (@greekemmy) August 8, 2018
I wonder if a Freedom of Information Request might get some more information onto the subject. So I send one to the BBC:
Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,
Please provide me with correspondence relating to the BBC newsgathering operation described in a letter distributed to residents of 18 Hans Crescent around the 8th of August 2018.
Furthermore please inform me whether the appeal was successful, how long the operation lasted and where any photos and footage is held.
I want to use this information to request from the BBC any images of myself and other solidarity activists photographed or filmed whilst participating in vigils and protests in support of Julian Assange at Hans Crescent. You can see an image of the BBC News letter in the link below.
I have copied the content of the letter below:
BBC News –
I hope you’ll forgive my direct approach, but I was wondering whether you might be willing to consider the possibility of having access to some of your outside space for our coverage of the Julian Assange story.
We’re looking to install a small weatherproof camera overlooking the Ecuadorian Embassy. We would like to rent the space on your building for access.
We would require you to provide power and we will supply some sort of router for connectivity. We would not film anybody in your building; our only interest is the action outside the embassy opposite.
We agree we would obviously pay you for your disturbance and any utility charges incurred.
If this is something you might be interested please let me know at your earliest convenience through my mobile on 07********** or via my email at [email address].
I appreciate your time
Deployment Editor, UK Newsgathering.
BBC Broadcasting House, London, W1A 1AA
News Desk: 0********Mobile 07**********
If I get any information I will update the post.